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Post: Habemus Papam?

Do we have a pope? Do we even have a movie?   Read more >

Review: We Have a Pope [Habemus Papam] (2012)

C- | ** | -2| Teens & Up*

In a way it’s like the antithesis of a Dan Brown novel. Brown’s stories peer with feverish, lurid imagination at the inner workings of the Catholic hierarchy, discovering all manner of ridiculous subterfuge, ruthlessness and skulduggery. Moretti’s film hardly peers at all.   Read more >

Post: We Have a Pope [Habemus Papam] [Video]

We Have a Pope in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Post: The Kid with a Bike [Video]

The Kid with a Bike in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Post: 21 Jump Street [Video]

21 Jump Street in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Post: Wrath of the Titans [Video]

Wrath of the Titans in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Post: Saving the Titanic on PBS

Saving the Titanic, a docudrama airing this month on PBS, sheds light on an untold page from the heroic side of the ledger. Combining traditional documentary with speculative historical dramatization, it highlights the story of the engineering crew, firemen, electricians and stokers who labored below decks to keep power flowing to pumps and lifeboat winches, first hoping to save the ship and then striving to delay the inevitable as long as possible to save as many lives as possible.   Read more >

Review: Mirror Mirror (2012)

B | *** | +2| Teens & Up

What’s the last movie you saw that created an imaginary world that was actually beautiful, bursting with color and beauty and inspiration? A world that reminded you of the feeling you had as a child the first time you saw Dorothy open that door on the Technicolor world of Oz? A world you would actually like to enter and walk around in?   Read more >

Review: Wrath of the Titans (2012)

D | | -2| Teens & Up

“Let’s have some fun,” says one god to another, suggesting that they “put on a show.” The moment comes late in Wrath of the Titans. Very, very late. I don’t remember the response, if any, but “Why start now?” would have been appropriate.   Read more >

Review: October Baby (2011)

B- | **½ | +3| Teens & Up

October Baby is at its most thoughtful contemplating Hannah’s unresolved feelings about her biological mother and the tragic way that her life began.   Read more >

Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

B- | *** | +2-2| Teens & Up*

Suzanne Collins says she got the idea for The Hunger Games while sleepily flicking channels between some reality-show game and footage of the invasion of Iraq until the images began to blur in her mind. What’s bracing about Gary Ross’ film of the first book in Collins’ wildly popular young-adult trilogy is that the topicality of the story’s origins still comes across. When was the last Hollywood science-fiction action blockbuster that felt like actual ideas about the world we live in were at stake?   Read more >

Post: John Carter [Video]

John Carter in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Post: The Lorax [Video]

The Lorax in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Post: The Secret World of Arrietty [Video]

The Secret World of Arrietty in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Review: John Carter [of Mars] (2012)

B- | **½ | -2| Teens & Up

Burroughs didn’t invent science fiction, but he perhaps created a genre of serial sci-fi fantasy adventure, with an idealized action hero going from one extraterrestrial adventure to another. Carter’s closest literary ancestor may be Sinbad from One Thousand and One Nights, which is saying something. Buck Rogers, James Kirk and Luke Skywalker are all his descendants, and Jake Sully — the hero of Avatar, which really is a patchwork borrowing from everything Burroughs inspired — is perhaps more indebted to John Carter than any other character in history.   Read more >

Post: This Friday “Catholic Answers Live!”: Two hours of Decent Films radio!

Once a month Patrick Coffin of “Catholic Answers Live!” and I talk about movies for an hour that never seems quite long enough for all the films we want to talk about. So this month, we’re taking two hours! Friday on “Catholic Answers Live!” it’s all Decent Films, all the time, from 6pm–8pm EST (3pm–5pm PST).   Read more >

Post: Are the Borrowers thieves?!

Reader response to the lovely family film The Secret World of Arrietty, I’m delighted to say, has been almost entirely positive. However, I did receive one negative email from a reader who not only didn’t enjoy the film, but considered it downright immoral. Why? Because the Borrowers, tiny people who live in secret in big people’s homes, survive by “borrowing” (i.e., taking) the things they need from the big people.   Read more >

Review: The Lorax (2012)

C | **½ | +1-1| Kids & Up

Well … its heart’s in the right place. Give the filmmakers that.
This isn’t The Grinch or The Cat in the Hat.
It’s not outright ugly, though it slips off the rails.
It wants to be decent. It tries. But it fails.   Read more >

Post: “Reel Faith” One-Hour Oscar Special now online

If you missed the various broadcasts of the “Reel Faith” one-hour Oscar special over the last few weeks, you’ve still got time to catch online before Sunday’s Oscar ceremony … and see how wrong we were three weeks ago! David and I talk about the nominees, call out snubs, give our favorites and give our predictions, some of which have aged better than others. Watch online now!   Read more >

Post: Best Films of 2011: More Lists

With the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday more or less officially ending the awards season, this is pretty much my last chance to blog on some notable best film lists of 2011 worth highlighting.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #21

Tangled, Thor, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Star Wars, American Beauty and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #20

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Robin Hood, Babies, How to Train Your Dragon, Once, The Notebook, The Exorcist, The Awful Truth and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #19

Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hayao Miyazaki, The 13th Day and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #18

How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland, Green Zone, Avatar, Hayao Miyazaki, Up in the Air and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #17

Clint Eastwood, Avatar, Hotel Rwanda, Children of Men, Hayao Miyzaki, Lenten viewing, The Last Temptation of Christ, Dogma, Harry Potter and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #16

“Zorro: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2”, Up in the Air, Adam, Dan Brown, Terminator movies and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #15

Watchmen, international film, Up, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Exorcist, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Corpus Christi, The Wizard of Oz and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #14

Ivanhoe, Up, The Passion of the Christ, Star Trek, Angels & Demons, Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, The Gospel of John and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #13

Terminator 4 vs Night at the Museum 2, Angels & Demons, Doubt, The Miracle Maker, Twilight, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Watchmen, Gulliver’s Travels, Monsters vs. Aliens, Witch Mountain reviews, Slumdog Millionaire and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #12

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, WALL-E, The Bishop’s Wife, the Little House books, the Chronicles of Prydain books, Twilight and more.   Read more >

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